The world has changed, and we are playing a new game with new rules. In this global pandemic, we have rapidly shifted our learning communities, overhauling how we connect with students, colleagues, and parents, all in the matter of days. We’ve seen the strength of our school cultures, we’ve realized the constraints of our current conditions, and we’re just starting to understand the lasting impact this moment will have on our work.
This is true: Fall 2020 will be very different.
Traditional Master’s programs are designed with yesterday’s rules in mind. The rules have changed.
UnMastered is a degree in creative disobedience and disruption, asking us to form deep connections with fellow changemakers, develop collaborative superpowers and emotional competencies to lead our communities forwards, and finding the opportunities to shape our communities for a future whose rules have shifted overnight.
We are all experimenting beyond traditional leading, teaching, and learning, and we need to plan for the lasting impact this moment will have.
UnMastered is leveraging all you have unlearned in this moment and unleashing lasting impact as educators, futurists, designers and influencers.
What is UnMastered?
UnMastered is an intensive four week summer program that is deliberately not a master's program. Your cohort will experience 4 collaborative challenges over 4 weeks, each one increasing in complexity. Participants will build skills in collaborative and healthy group life, anthropology, design thinking, decision-making, futurist thinking, movement starting, and influencing for change. You will also have the chance to unpack the learnings and "unlearnings" from the transition to remote learning.
Week 1: Looking Backward and Leading Forward: Learnings from 2020, Futurist Mindsets and Collaborative Skills
Week 2: You as Change Agent, Influencer, and Visionary
Week 3: Designing and Hacking for Lasting Impact
Week 4: What Next? Launching into Fall 2020 & Beyond
UnMastered is an online experience that runs in both synchronous and asynchronous capacities. Some of these projects are place-based and offline, asking you to connect with individuals in your community. Some of these projects are with a cohort within UnMastered. You should expect to spend 10 hours a week on UnMastered.
We offer this program during the summer when educators have some space and time to dig in and plan the impact they aim to have in the fall. At the same time, it is feasible to also balance this with family time and summer vacation as long as you have access to the internet.
Who is UnMastered For?
UnMastered is for leaders in all roles - from teacher-leaders to principals, who want to experiment in how to be more human together, unlearn habits that hold communities back, challenge old ways of thinking, play together, and develop skills for the new game. It's for leaders who hope to accelerate change. It’s for leaders looking to learn in new ways by taking risks and growing from what they discover about themselves and others along the way. Your communities need you now more than ever to help them realize lasting change. UnMastered can help get you there.
How does UnMastered approach online professional development?
This is not a program about technology or e-learning, but you will find yourself learning through doing in ways that PD specifically about online learning can never provide. This experience aims to be as deeply human and relationship building as any face-to-face experience that L+D offers. With so many PD experiences canceled and postponed this year, the connecting and conversation about leading and learning is still going strong in UnMastered.
What if I’m sick of Zoom by the time the summer arrives?
You are right in anticipating Zoom fatigue. You’ll have been jumping in and out of Zoom rooms, getting odd glimpses into houses in your community, and seeing random cats strut across keyboards for three months straight.
UnMastered offers intentional guidance and coaching in how one might read and respond to groups, how we can be more human together, and how we can collaboratively stoke change. You’ll find the emphasis on human connection refreshing, boosting your ability to facilitate and participate in groups, whether virtual or in person. You’ll also find that much of the work of UnMastered is done offline and in your community.
Should I focus my professional development on online learning?
You are suddenly leading an online learning community. You won’t be, for long. In this moment, you are also surfacing critical questions about leading, teaching, and learning that will last no matter the medium:
Could that meeting have been an email? What’s the best use of our synchronous time together? How might I pivot from demanding compliance from my students to creating experiences that are so compelling they can’t pull themselves away? How did we so easily blow up our schedule in the face of rapid changing conditions, when it took years to make incremental changes? Do we pivot our program now that universities are abandoning entrance exams? The questions are endless.
Sure. This fall, you might continue online school. You might design a hybrid program. You even might abandon screens altogether.
Nonetheless, those questions you’re currently raising will linger, and the answers will shape the future of your learning community. How will you carry the momentum of the moment to shape the next iteration of teaching and learning at your school?
What is the value proposition of UnMastered?
We’ve never been more uncertain about the future of teaching and learning. From our recent forays into exploring new pedagogy, to our reprioritizing of curriculum, school program, schedules, and financial goals, every single community is seeing change and preparing for lasting change. This change is on spreadsheets, timetables, lesson planners, and meeting agendas. Most importantly, this change is deeply human: how we harness our own abilities, survey possible futures, and rally our communities to see change through.We don’t yet know what’s on the other side. We do know we’ll need to amplify our abilities as leaders, learners, designers, and futurists to get us there.
How Much Does UnMastered Cost and What do I get with my Registration?
Individual Registration: $999.00
Team of Five from one school or organization: $2500.00
Registration Includes for each participant:
- 4 weeks of experiential learning
- Book selection of the summer plus all online materials and supplies
- A Set of L+D Collaboration Cards
- L+D SWAG